Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles
  • Geri Johnson Leads the Cheers At Wills Valley Elementary School

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Looking for a pick me up? Look no further than Geri Johnson. She teaches second grade at Wills Valley Elementary School in Fort Payne. It’s no secret teaching is a demanding job,  but Principal Sally Wheat says Mrs. Johnson has enough energy for everyone. “Gerri Johnson is a cheerleader; she is a cheerleader personality.  She rallies behind her kids to help them succeed in any way that she can. So I think she is going to […]

  • West Elementary’s Gayla Mills Loves Her Kids And Her Job

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. — Congratulations to Gayla Mills for winner Tools For Teachers! She teaches second grade at West Elementary School in Russellville. Principal Deanna Hollimon says Miss Mills’ class is an environment of encouragement. “Gayla is always very positive and she has a wonderful rapport with her students. You can tell they love her very much,” Hollimon said. “That’s an honor. My teachers are very hard working, dedicated individuals and to have one recognized like that, that says a lot […]

  • A 3-letter word makes a big difference in Katherine King’s classroom

    MADISON, Ala. – There is no shortage of energy at Rainbow Elementary School in Madison. Count Miss Katherine King’s 1st-grade class in on that fun. “Mrs. King is one of our first grade teachers; she is one of our veteran teachers. She has been here for many years she is one of our very enthusiastic positive teachers in the building. We’ve got a lot of them, but she definitely stands out among our teachers.” said Principal Brian Givens. She encourages […]

  • Tropical Depression #14 Forms In the Far East Atlantic

    From the National Hurricane Center:   At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC)Tropical Depression #14 Position: 10.7 North, longitude 25.4 West. Movement:  west-northwest near 22 mph (35 km/h). A slower westward motion is forecast to begin on Friday and Winds: 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm Friday. Pressure: 1010 mb (29.83 inches).   The track takes the system to the west – […]

  • Love for the classroom runs in the family for this week’s Tools for Teachers winner

    Having a passion for education runs in F.E. Burleson Elementary teacher Brittany Woodall’s family. “Her mom was in education 36 years,” said Principal Debbie Queen. As it turns out, Principal Queen and the Woodall family go way back. Queen used to be Woodall’s music teacher. Years later, Woodall became Queen’s son’s kindergarten teacher. According to Woodall, she draws her energy and inspiration from the young minds she encounters every day. “What brings me to school are these kids, smiling faces, we […]

  • Irma Moves Closer Tonight – Wind & Rain Pick Up

    Irma made it’s initial landfall Sunday morning over the lower Keys of Florida as a Category 4 storm. Monday morning  Irma weakened into a Tropical Storm, after hugging the western coast of Florida all day Sunday. It’s now a depression moving through east Alabama Tuesday morning.   Now Irma is set to move through Alabama Tuesday as a tropical depression. The National Hurricane Center’s forecasts for Irma consist of a timeline for when the center of the storm will be […]

  • Expect Fun & Excitement In Alyssa Rains’ Classroom

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. –  Say “hello” to Albertville Primary’s Mrs. Alyssa Rains. “Mrs. Rains is our first grade teacher.  She has been here for several years and actually she is a super motivator for her students.” said assistant principal Candy McCullars. “She works in a large classroom with another teacher as well.  So, there’s lots of opportunity to interact with kids on small group individual basis.” McCullars calls movement the hallmark of this classroom. “There are always kids moving.  There […]

  • Tornado Watch Until 8pm For West Alabama

    New tornado watch is up until 8pm to include all of west Alabama. URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Tornado Watch Number 476 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1115 AM CDT Thu Aug 31 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Tornado Watch for portions of Northern and western Alabama Northeast Mississippi Southwest Tennessee * Effective this Thursday morning and evening from 1115 AM until 800 PM CDT. * Primary threats include… A couple tornadoes possible Isolated […]

  • Passion drives this week’s Tools for Teachers Winner from Walnut Grove

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala- WHNT went to Walnut Grove Elementary in New Market to award Mrs. Laura Faulk with $319. “Thank you, thank you so much! Wow that’s great! Wow! Guys look at all that money,” exclaimed Faulk. “I have lots of kids in my room this year so this will come in handy.” When it comes to teaching 4th grade at Walnut Grove, Principal Kathy Reynolds said Faulk is in a class all by herself. “Laura is currently our 4th […]

  • Dana Watts Wins $319 To Kickoff the Tools For Teachers 2017-18 Campaign

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Dana Watts is the first winner of the Tools For Teachers Award for the 2017-18 school year. She teaches Kindergarten at Banks-Caddell Elementary in Decatur. Principal David McCollum says Mrs. Watts’ class is the place to be. “When you walk into Mrs. Watts classroom, the first thing I noticed is it’s just a welcoming environment. Everyone who comes in it’s an exciting place to learn it’s bright colorful and kids love going in there because they […]

  • Tropical Storm Harvey Stays Away – What About the Next One?

    There is  a tropical wave we need to keep a close watch on.  It’s still approximately 1500 east-southeast of Bahamas right now and the track takes it west-northwest over the weekend. The next name on the list is Irma. If you hear that name floating around over the weekend, it’s most like this tropical system.     Most computer models take the system west-northwest toward the southern Bahamas by next week. Will the system move in that direction or will […]

  • Flash Flood Warning for Madison has been cancelled

      Refresh for the latest radar image     Here is a look at some of the totals this morning:         BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Huntsville AL 629 AM CDT THU AUG 10 2017 The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for…   Northeastern Madison County in north central Alabama… * Until 930 AM CDT * At 626 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated […]